SPC Stats

Path length: 8 miles

Width:  150 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  28

Rating:  F2

County:  Noble, DeKalb

8 tornadoes are found in the SPC Database for July 14, 1992.  The strongest is an F2 that brought considerable damage to parts of Noble and Dekalb Counties in Indiana.  The town of Kendallville was hit hard.  

The tornado moved east at 30 mph.  It developed about 1/2 mile west of State Highway 3 on Drakes Road.  It moved right through Kendallville.  29 homes and 2 apartment buildings were completely destroyed.  Hardest hit areas:  Downtown Kendallville, the Fairview Center Shopping Place, The Hollybrook Heights and Arvada Hills Residential Areas.

Per Storm Data, the max winds were estimated at 157 mph.  

Storm Data Entry

A tornado touched down 0.5 mile west of State Highway 3 on Drakes Road, 1 mile west of Kendallville.  The tornado moved east at 30 mph through the city of Kendallville, and ended 1 mile north of Corunna near the junction of County Road 9 and 20 in DeKalb County.  The tornado skipped along its 8-mil-long track and crossed into DeKalb County about 2.3 miles northwest of Corunna.  The tornado produced $13 million damage and 28 minor injuries.  The worst damage occurred in the downtown sections of Kendallville, the Fairview Center Shopping Place, Hollybrook Heights residential area, and the Arvada Hills residential area.  There were 29 homes and 2 apartment buildings completely destroyed.  There were 49 homes with major damage and 130 with minor damage.  Also, 23 businesses were damaged to different extents.  The tornado had winds estimated up to 157 mph.

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 41.45 / -85.28   End:  41.45 / -85.15      

The tornado went right through Kendallville so coordinates from SPC appear too far north.

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.


Newspaper Clippings


The Storm Prediction Center

NCDC Storm Events Database

July 1992 Storm Data Publication


Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1333.

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